THE OCEAN’s Collective Oblivion Triple DVD Slated for December 2013 Release

THE OCEAN‘s highly anticipated triple-DVD release, Collective Oblivion, will be released one month later than originally planned. Fans will be able to buy their copies in stores and on-line on Decmber 10th. Until then, the DVD/t-shirt bundle is still available via Indiemerch. Check out the trailer:

Fans will be able to enjoy a thorough and expansive look at THE OCEAN‘s career and touring experiences, including the Heliocentric record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at themuseum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more!

Collective Oblivion includes:
– Multiple camera shots of three full live concerts with a total of 21 individual song performances
– 130 minutes of THE OCEAN history, as told by band members, past and present
– 175 minutes of tour documentaries and live footage filmed in North America, Asia, Russia, Australia, and Europe
– Total run time of 500 minutes!

It comes in a hardcover / book-style packaging with brass-foil print. The book contains 3 DVDs and a +30 pages booklet, with loads of photos, tour diaries and writings by band members and by director Alex Kraudelt, who dedicated two and a half years of his life to traveling with the band around the globe.

Check out the China chapter from the release.  If you’ve never been to China, it’s an interesting and different world:

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & THE OCEAN October 2011 U.S. Tour Announced

This October, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT will be touring the U.S. with Germany’s THE OCEAN as support.

Tour dates:
Oct. 8-Station 4-Minneapolis, MN **Devin solo date**
Oct. 9-Intersection-Grand Rapids, MI **Devin solo date**
Oct. 10-Ravari Room-Columbus, OH **Devin solo date**
Oct. 12-Sound Stage-Baltimore, MD
Oct. 13-The Note-Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 14-Rock And Shock-Worcester, MA
Oct. 15-The Chance-Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct. 16-The Altar-Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 17-Peabody’s-Cleveland, OH
Oct. 18-Harpo’s-Detroit, MI
Oct. 19-Reggie’s-Chicago, IL
Oct. 21-Black Sheep-Colorado Springs, CO
Oct. 22-Marquis-Denver, CO
Oct. 24-Troubadour-Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 25-Slim’s-San Francisco, CA
Oct. 27-Hawthorne-Portland, OR
Oct. 28-El Corazon-Seattle, WA
Oct. 29-Commodore Theater-Vancouver, BC

THE OCEAN Announce Details of Their Two Upcoming Albums in 2010

THE OCEAN have announced details about their two upcoming albums entitled Heliocentric and Anthropocentric. They are due for April and October 2010 releases, respectively.

The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.

While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, Anthropocentric challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe.

The tracklisting of Heliocentric is as follows:

1. “Shamayim
2. “Firmament
3. “The First Commandment of the Luminaries
4. “Ptolemy Was Wrong
5. “Metaphysics of the Hangman
6. “Catharsis of a Heretic
7. “Swallowed by the Earth
8. “Epiphany
9. “The Origin of Species
10. “The Origin of God

Musically, Heliocentric covers the largest range of dynamics and styles to date: “There are a few really calm songs with mainly piano and vocals, as well as some crushing heavy tunes. There is a very special atmosphere to it that pervades the album”, comments guitarist Jonathan Nido.

“Our new vocalist Loic Rossetti has immensely widenened the musical spectrum of this band and there are some songs on the album that even those people who have conceived of this band as being unpredictable and daring would have never imagined”, adds Robin Staps. “But this is exactly what makes it a 150% THE OCEAN album.

Heliocentric continues where the Proterozoic half of the Precambrian album left off, with dense, epic songs and big orchestrations. Anthropocentric is going to be a bit more straight forward rocking and technical, whilst tapping the full dynamic range from acoustic pieces to eclectic heaviness as well.

“The albums were mainly recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest city of Europe. The band decided to record and mix the album with the band’s house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann: “We wanted to be in control of every single detail, and we have an amazing studio at hand here. Soundwise this is by far the best-sounding album we have done to date.”

The lyrics and snippets of every song of the album can be previewed at:

INTRONAUT Announces New Album Title; Studio Report

Southern California’s INTRONAUT will be taking thinking man’s metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms. The band is currently tracking drums at Opera Studios in North Hollywood and recording guitars and bass at Castle Oaks Studios in Calabasas. Vocals are being completed at Clearlake Audio in North Hollywood, and the whole process is being engineered by Josh Newell (JANE’S ADDICTION). Expect a release later this year.

“I can’t even begin to express how excited we are about this record,” said frontman and guitarist Sacha Dunable. “It’s definitely our most densely packed body of work yet. ????? ??? ???? ??? In addition to the standard INTRONAUT angle of attack, we have some surprises including an awesome guest solo from NEGATIVA/GORGUTS guitarist Steeve Hurdle, as well as some truly jaw-dropping moments of Indian/metal fusion courtesy of Joe and Dave. Stoked.”

In less than a week, INTRONAUT will join THE OCEAN and LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR in one of the more diverse bills of the year for a short run through Arizona and California before heading out with MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT and BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS for The Ultimate Brodeo Tour. Check out the tour dates below:

06/12 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
06/13 Audie’s Olympic – Fresno, CA
06/14 Annie’s Social Club – San Francisco, CA
06/15 The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
06/16 Downtown Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
06/17 The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA

08/01 Ravari Room – Columbus, OH
08/02 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
08/03 Howler’s Coyote Café – Pittsburgh, PA
08/04 Xtreme Wheels – Buffalo, NY
08/05 The Downtown Quarterback – Endicott, NY
08/06 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
08/07 The Living Room – Providence, RI
08/08 The Knitting Factory Tap Bar – New York, NY
08/09 Broad Street Ministry – Philadelphia, PA
08/10 DC9 – Washington, DC
08/11 Nara Sushi – Richmond, VA
08/12 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
08/13 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
08/14 The Haven – Orlando, FL
08/15 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
08/16 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL
08/17 High Ground Venue – Metairie, LA
08/18 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
08/19 OPO Downstairs @ The Urban Table – Fayetteville, AR
08/20 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
08/21 Red Blood Club – Dallas, TX
08/22 Red 7 – Austin, TX
08/23 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
08/25 Gator’s – Farmington, NM
08/26 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
08/27 The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
08/28 Chaser’s – San Diego, CA
08/29 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
08/30 Rotture – Portland, OR
08/31 Riversdale Grange – Roseburg, OR
09/01 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
09/03 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
09/04 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
09/05 2 Cents Plain – St. Louis, MO
09/06 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
09/07 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

THE OCEAN – Precambrian

Unlike most bands out there, THE OCEAN‘s name accurately describes what the band is all about. Precambrian is without a doubt the band’s most ambitious and compelling work, spread out between two discs. Disc one, Hadean/Archaean, is composed of five songs that collectively are heavier, more in your face, and brutal than disc two, Proterozoic. Hadean/Archaean contains a nice variety of brutal, heavy handed riffing displaying more of the band’s violent side. However, the real focal point of Precambrian lies within Proterozoic. The disc is a long emotional journey that easily takes the listener to another place. Things start out with somber and depressing tones as the fragile guitar riff rings out during opening song, “Siderian.” The 10:57 long “Rhyacian” slowly but surely raises the energy level while maintaining the tone. The song could even be considered a mini-album within the disc itself with its numerous song sections. “Orosirian” shakes the listener with its thunderous riffs and features a great middle break with strings and female and male clean vocals that eventually crescendos into a brilliant ending. “Statherian” brings things back down and allows the band’s classical string players to shine on this predominantly delicate song. The rest of the album consistently flows in much the same manner. There’s an ever shifting dynamic between heavy and lighter song sections, which conjure up mental images of the band’s namesake. While it is accurate to state that NEUROSIS form much of the band’s foundation and influence, it is a bit misleading with regards to Precambrian considering how much the band have come into their own. The album as whole may not change the world but it’s significant enough to warrant serious attention and admiration. Creative works such a Precambrian are the types of anomalies in underground heavy music that keep the scene progressing in all the right ways. (Metal Blade Records)

THE OCEAN Announce North America Summer Headlining Tour

Germany’s THE OCEAN have announced that they will touring North America for the first time starting off on May 21. The band will be playing with several bands on the tour, including LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR, KYLESA, and INTRONAUT.

Here is what the band had to say:

“We will come over to the US and Canada in May / June for a full North American headlining tour! Oh yes, baby.

“It’s not easy for European metal bands to tour in North America and we’ve been wanting to get over there for a long time, so we’re very happy that the extremely positive feedback that Precambrian has received in Canada and the US finally makes it possible now.”

Tour dates:

05/21 Toronto, ON Wreck Room w/ CATAMENIA
05/22 St Catharines, ON L3 Nightclub
05/23 Montreal, QC Lambi


05/24 Boston, MA Church Of Boston
05/25 Wallingford, CT Cherry Street Station
05/26 New York, NY Knitting Factory
05/27 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
05/28 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
05/29 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
05/30 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
05/31 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade


06/01 Orlando, FL Back Booth
06/02 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
06/03 Tallahassee, FL The Beta Bar


06/04 Metairie, LA The High Ground


06/05 Houston, TX TBA
06/06 Austin, TX Red 7
06/07 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves
06/08 San Antonio, TX Rock Bottom


06/10 El Paso, TX Chic’s
06/11 Farmington, NM Gator’s


06/12 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
06/13 Fresno, CA Audie’s Olympic
06/14 San Francisco, CA Annie’s Social Club
06/15 San Marcos, CA Jumping Turtle
06/16 San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Brew
06/17 Hollywood, CA Knitting Factory